Current Members:

María Sánchez-Arenillas holds a degree in Chemistry and Master´s Degree in Advanced Materials at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. From October 2011-present is a PhD student at the Centro de Astrobiologia (INTA-CSIC), title: “Self-assembled of amino acids on surfaces: Chirality and chemical reactivity”. She has a strong interest and expertise in ultra-high vacuum systems and surface characterization techniques as: X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), Mass Spectrometry (MS), Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM) and Reflection-Absorption Infrared Spectroscopy (RAIRS).


Santos Gálvez Martínez holds a degree in Physics by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, specializing in Crystallography and Crystallization by Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo. He is co-author of two research papers and did a traineeship at the ESRF synchrotron facility (France), also being user at ALBA synchrotron facility (Spain). Actually, he is Student Grant Calvo-Rodés (“Reactivity biomolecule/mineral under controlled conditions: simulation of primitive atmosphere”) at the Centro de Astrobiología, and has strong interest in UHV systems, characterization techniques on surfaces (XPS and LEED).


Former Members:


Sofia Martín González has a degree in Physics by Universidad de Salamanca, (2009). Master Student on “Simulation of prebiotic chemistry reactions under controlled ultra-high vacuum conditions.” (Student Grant Calvo-Rodés (CAB/INTA 2013-2015)).  PhD (2014) Materials science from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Actually working at Indizen Optical Technologies (IOT) as R&D Technician.



Major Collaborators


Prof. Raval at University of Liverpool, chiral compounds, synchrotron and infrared spectroscopies, Director of SSRC, United Kingdown.

Prof. Pradier at CNRS, Biomolecules, XPS and infrared spectroscopies, ex-Director of LRS,CNRS, France.

Prof. Zamora “Nanomaterials group” Department of Inorganic Chemistry. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)

Prof. Martinez-Frias Director of Spanish Planetology and Astrobiology Network (REDESPA), and President of International Association for Geoethics (IAGETH). Institituto de Geociencias IGEO (CSIC-UCM). Madrid (Spain).

Prof. Rull, PI of the Raman instrument onboard EXOMARS mission of ESA to Mars and Co-I and responsible of the calibration targets assembly for SuperCam in the Mars 2020 mission to Mars of NASA. Director of the Unidad Asociada UVA-CSIC al Centro de Astrobiología.

Dra. Prieto-Ballesteros, Planetary science/ CAB (CSIC/INTA), Spain. Head of the Planetology and Habitability Department. She was member of the JUICE Science Study Team, which planned the future ESA mission to the Jupiter system. At present, she is associated scientist to JANUS instrument of JUICE, and Co-IP of MEDA instrument for Mars2020 mission.

Dr. Parro, Space science, CAB (CSIC/INTA), Spain. He is PI of the project “Detection of biomolecules for planetary exploration” funded by MINECO, four consecutive grants. Co-I of “MARTE: Mars Astrobiology Research and Technology Experiment” NASA-CAB, Collaborator in “Planetary Lake Lander”, a NASA’s ASTEP. He is a Co-I on the proposed Icebreaker Life mission and PI of the SOLID instrument.

Dra. Zorzano-Mier, Planetary science, CAB (CSIC/INTA), Spain, and Prof. in Atmospheric Science and Mars exploration at the Luleå University of Technology (Sweden), co-I de MSL y co-I de REMS, co-I de ISEM del ExoMars rover y co-I de HABIT de la ExoMars.

Dra. De La Torre-Noetzel, space science, scientist of INTA and head of the Laboratory of UV-Radiation and Bioclimatology.  She has participated as Co-I in several space experiments of ESA (LICHENS-2005, LIFE-2008, BIOMEX-20009-2016) since 2001, and coordinated the experiment Lithopanspermia-2007.